Drop dead gorgeous faux horn handle--I have a couple of other faux horn shaving brushes and this is hands down the best looking. Soft, just not quite as soft as the Kent BK silvertips. A bit of "skritch" rather than "pure paint" to the application is you push it a bit, but always very gentle (hard to describe, but not what you would call firm). It is a class act, a bit more useful than the silvertip brushes for very heavy beards and/or soaps rather than creams.Only lost a couple of hairs the first use. Big head of hair there!